On the Trail of Qing and Orpen

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In mid-1874 British colonial official Joseph Orpen published an article in the Cape Monthly Magazine titled "A glimpse into the mythology of the Maluti Bushmen. It was based on stories he had been told a few months earlier by a Bushman guide named Qing during a military expedition through the Maloti mountains of what is now Lesotho. Since the 1980s the article has become a vital source in the interpretation of southern African rock art. It has attracted a wide range of commentaries from archaeologists and ethnographers, but little sustained work has been done to analyse it from a historical perspective. In this book, six academics - two historians, an art historian, a linguist, an archaeologist, and a folklorist - have come together to produce the most detailed commentary yet made on Orpen and Qing's text, together with critical essays that shed new light on the way Qing told his stories, on the way Orpen recorded and published them, how the visual genealogy of rock art copying up to that point may have influenced Orpen as he made his sketches, and how the text and illustrations have travelled through scholarly literature since their first appearance.
In mid-1874 British colonial official Joseph Orpen published an article in the Cape Monthly Magazine titled "A glimpse into the mythology of the Maluti Bushmen. It was based on stories he had been told a few months earlier by a Bushman guide named Qing during a military expedition through the Maloti mountains of what is now Lesotho. Since the 1980s the article has become a vital source in the interpretation of southern African rock art. It has attracted a wide range of commentaries from archaeologists and ethnographers, but little sustained work has been done to analyse it from a historical perspective. In this book, six academics - two historians, an art historian, a linguist, an archaeologist, and a folklorist - have come together to produce the most detailed commentary yet made on Orpen and Qing's text, together with critical essays that shed new light on the way Qing told his stories, on the way Orpen recorded and published them, how the visual genealogy of rock art copying up to that point may have influenced Orpen as he made his sketches, and how the text and illustrations have travelled through scholarly literature since their first appearance.
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AuthorJosé Manuel de Prada Samper
PublisherStandard Banl of South Africa
PlaceJohannesburg
Year2016
ISBN9780620688451
BindingPaperback
ConditionVery Good
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